2015 Chateau Mauvesin Barton
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
From one of the region’s best family producers (Leoville-Barton, Langoa-Barton), the 2015 Mauvesin Barton offers serious value for money, punching seriously above its sub-$20 price point.
The Barton classified growths are heavyweight Grand Cru Classé names with centuries of history behind them. They can cost a pretty penny too, with Léoville capable of running into triple figures. Langoa enjoys the distinction of being the Médoc’s longest continually family-owned classified growth. Mauvesin is their most recent acquisition in the Médoc, and its pricing is decidedly more modest.
Perhaps that’s because of its appellation. Drive a little off the beaten path between Margaux and Saint-Julien, and you’ll find Moulis-en-Médoc. Hugh Johnson calls Moulis the home of “honest, good value wines” and Mauvesin is one of its leading estates.
Wine Enthusiast gives Mauvesin Barton 2015 the nod for Editor’s Choice, calling it “a generous, structure wine” with “ripe black fruits in profusion that are held together by the serious layer of tannins”. What’s more, it’s “rich and concentrated” and “will age for many years” (93 points).
Despite the pedigree of the producer and the vintage, Mauvesin 2015 still clocks in at under $20 a bottle. An outstanding choice to scratch that Bordeaux itch any night of the week, grab this one by the case. Cheers!